Mess makes stress—a fact you’re probably already well aware of. But just how exactly can a messy home affect our minds?
Psychology Today tells us that clutter assails our senses with excessive stimuli, forcing our brains to work overtime to distinguish between what’s important and what isn’t. It’s distracting, unattractive, and overwhelming. It invades our inner sanctum, making us feel anxious, guilty, and even embarrassed about the state of our home. To the conscientious homeowner, a cluttered space is a constant reminder that our work is never done.
Your bathroom should be a place of tranquility and restoration, where you can wash away the stress of a long day or prepare for the one ahead. Don’t let mess come between you and a rejuvenating daily routine.
The Solution to a Cluttered Bathroom
If your bathroom is suffering from a case of mess-ingitis, we have a solution. Keeping your clutter in check is all about finding ways to organize, store, and display your items. You want to make it so that your bathroom kit is attractive and accessible while staying out of the way and off your countertops.
Just because you’re short on square footage doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to living with clutter. Here are our suggestions for organizing your bathroom storage, even in the coziest of spaces.
For a small bathroom, chunky built-in shelving may not be the optimal storage solution. That’s why we love the idea of a little upright mobile unit. You can find these multi-tiered rolling carts starting at around $30 from Bed Bath and Beyond. They even come in slim models for ultra-narrow bathrooms, and there are lots of cute colors and design options to choose from.
A handful of staggered floating shelves are ideal for storing or displaying small items. Floating shelves are minimal, chic, and never go out of style. To keep things looking neat and organized, sort your stuff by category and place it in a cute box or basket, and stow it on the shelf.
Open Shelving Unit
The cousin of the floating shelf, open shelving units feature a minimal no-door concept. They are usually freestanding or can be leaned against the wall, helping you stay organized and uncluttered while still offering access to your stuff. Use the basket method to reduce the look of cluttered shelves.
The Wall Ledge
This sleek, simple, and convenient solution is perfect for small items like toothbrushes, makeup, and razors. This narrow ledge at chest height can be as long or as short as you want; it can run the bathroom’s length or cover a single wall. It looks especially good atop a backsplash, visually dividing the tile from the paint above.
The Overhead Cubby
Store your extra rolls of toilet paper and other daily essentials in a wall cubby overtop of your toilet. Many of these units have a few easy-access cubbies underneath a mounted cabinet with doors. When installed at chest or eye level, the overhead cubby gives you storage at arm’s reach while carefully disguising less appealing bathroom items within the cupboard doors.
A shower caddy might be your typical go-to storage solution in a cramped shower. But if you really want to give your shower a luxurious touch and get the most out of your space, why not invest in built-in corner shelving units? These triangular shelves can be made to measure, and won’t get bulky and overloaded like the hanging shower caddy.
Just because it’s over your head doesn’t mean it’s out of reach. Line the upper quarter of your bathroom wall with floating shelves to store less frequently used bathroom items. Not only does it maximize your storage space, but it also lets you keep certain things out of the hands of your little ones. Use wicker baskets to disguise unsightly clutter, then stow it away overhead until it’s needed.
Beneath the Vanity
You’ve heard of the kitchen cupboard organizer? Get ready for the under vanity rack! Like its kitchen counterpart, these nifty organizers are fitted on sliding tracks and can be vertically stacked to accommodate extra storage. They can also pull out from your bathroom cabinets, giving you access to your vanity’s furthest reaches. Just think – you’ll never have to dig through those cupboards again!
Need help clearing the clutter in your bathroom? J.T. McDermott is here to help design, order, and install made-to-order shelving and storage solutions for all your organizational needs. Enjoy a blissfully tidy bathroom, and let us take care of the rest. Reach out today, and let’s get started!
Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.